SoWal Style - Chatham House in Seaside is Unlike Any Other
December 16, 2012 by Kurt Lischka
Architect Walter Chatham designed this special beach home in Seaside. It's been featured on the cover of Architectural Record as “House of the Year", and was awarded the prestigious “Award of Excellence” by the American Institute of Architects. The home has also been featured on the covers of Thirty-A Review, Florida Architecture, Houston magazine, and six major books on outdoor Florida architecture.
The award-winning structure consists of two pavilions flanking either side of a central heated pool, with a central 40-foot tower. Utilizing movable panels and multiple doorways, the house opens to the outdoors in a big way.
According to Chatham, “the house functions best with all doors open, blurring the distinction between indoor and outdoor living.”
The house features three queen bedrooms on the entry level. Each of these bedrooms has an LCD TV with Apple TV, side chairs, bedside tables and lamps. One of the queens has a private bathroom with shower. The other two queen bedrooms each have their own private sink and toilet, but share a tub/shower and dressing area between them. On the second floor, a fourth room functions as an office / bedroom. It has a loft with two twins reached by a rolling library style ladder. This loft is not for children under the age of 6 or is also not suitable for the elderly or persons with mobility issues. Each of the loft beds has its own TV. The built-in desk and shelving offer an opportunity to study, work or read. Also in this room is a unique yacht style bathroom with overhead rain shower and pedestal sink. The home is filled with modern art and eclectic yet comfortable furniture.
The home has a multi-media center with Sirius XM satellite radio, satellite FM radio, wireless internet and an iPad controller system for the lighting, sound systems, outdoor cameras, air conditioning and pool systems. The small yet functional kitchen has a Viking gas range, Sub-Zero frig, dishwasher and microwave. The living area has a sofa with queen futon style fold-out bed, side chairs, lounger couch and a soon to be installed 60” LED TV. The dining area has a large round table which seats six. Laundry room has front loading washer and dryer (located in one of the queen bedrooms).
A dramatic glass bridge over a glass tiled Koi pool leads to the front of the home. A Bisazza glass tiled private heated pool sits in the center of the home, with fountains and a swim jet. The pool has two loungers and three seat cushions for guest comfort. A front marble dining table seating eight flanks a Viking outdoor gas grill. The magnificent tower features a multi-person hot tub, LCD TV, outdoor sink and breakfast table. The tower overlooks the gulf and the town of Seaside.
Vacation rental guests in Seaside have access to 3 pools, 6 tennis courts, croquet courts and a private fitness center. You’ll also find ample opportunity for biking, hiking and swimming. When staying in our homes in Seaside you are within walking distance of many restaurants and retail establishments.
Chatham House is part of the Sunburst Luxury Collection, a high service and amenity segment within Sunburst Beach Vacations that provides a luxury resort experience with all of the benefits...privacy, space and freedom...of a private home.